Bangkok knows how to party and this month saw a bevy of new openings to get your dancing shoes tapping. In no particular order, here are our picks for the top 8 new nightlife openings you need to check out to close out your year.
Singaporean/Aussie cafe Sarnies Group, has made their debut into the bar world with Funkytown (stylized as F*nkytown). At the cafe, up four flights of stairs, and you’ll find a spacious, dimly illuminated drinking room. For a savory cocktail, the Caesar Salad (yes, this is a drink) takes center stage, with an infusion of olive oil and fresh romaine lettuce syrup. The base is similar to a gin and tonic, while the parmigiano foam is dolloped on top and paired with dehydrated prosciutto. Another drink is the Pain Au Matcha blending flavors you’re not used to seeing in a cocktail; it includes sourdough croissant orgeat (syrup), butter-infused dark rum, a touch of Portuguese port wine, matcha, and egg yolk. Whether you feel like a night out, after-work drinks, or a fun group dinner, Funkytown is your one-stop shop from the Sarnies sensation.
39, Soi Sukhumvit Alley 37, 093-814-1594. Open daily 5pm-12am
Tempered Co is where you get your chocolate fix. But did you know that they serve cocktails, too? After Tempered cocktail bar on the 2nd floor of Tempered Co Cafe is a dimly lit speakeasy with three signature chocolate drinks on their cocktail menu. One of them, the Arcadia, is served using naim leaf-infused white rum, soda, 35% white chocolate, coconut, and jasmine, which is both creamy and fruity in taste with added floral notes of coconut and jasmine. Or there’s the tempered martini, with 75% dark chocolate, vodka, and Frangelico liquor. It’s a dangerous drink, like a slightly bitter chocolate milk. Go with friends and order one of each, because if it has Tempered chocolate in it, you know it's good.
59 Soi Ruam Rudi, 2 Witthayu Rd., 092-828-5444, Open daily 8am-6pm
Craft beer enthusiasts will be excited for the Carnival in Bangna. A southern California-style café and bar with large indoor trees, candles, tall steel arched windows, lofty ceilings, and antique knick-knacks, this spot creates an inviting and romantic ambiance. Founder, Peik-Pipathanaphon Phumpho is renowned as one of Thailand's earliest craft beer pioneers and the creator of Let the Boy Die.
Soi Sophon, Bangna., 064-183-4553, Open daily, 12pm-midnight
Piccolo Morso Aperitivo Lounge is a two-floor bar that specializes in Italian spirits, cocktails, wines, and aperitifs. It's a place to start the night on Sukhumvit's favorite club street. The seven specialty cocktails (B329) are inventive and substantial. The Peachy Amore, made with Cinzano Bianco, Tito's vodka, and Bols peach liqueur, is a fan favorite. Another winner is the Passion Rinfresco, a concoction of Henkes gin, Campari, passion fruit, lemon, vanilla, and Cinzano that tastes like bubblegum. For a less sweet cocktail, try the zesty Pompelmo Garden, where Lady Trieu Contemporary Vietnam gin, Bols, Elderflower, and grapefruit soda blend to make a refreshing, sour drink.
26, 14 Soi Sukhumvit Soi 11, 061-602-4933. Tue-Sun 5pm-1am.
, Ladphrao's well-known creative space founded by ad agency professionals, is upping its F&B game with Wawa, a hybrid café and bar on the first floor that blurs the line between day and night drinking. The beverages here are a mash-up of traditional cocktails and coffee, effectively blending uppers and downers in the safest way imaginable. For starters, Another Evening (B300) is a combination of Americano, G&T, and a touch of lemon. If you don't like coffee, try the Not So Sweet Matcha (B320). This cocktail is based on a matcha martini recipe, but milk and cream is added to make it less powerful for an evening sip.
35, 10 Lat Phrao 18 Alley, 063-429-9365. Open Wed-Sun 4pm-midnight.
Winner of "Best Nightclub" in BK Magazine's BAD Awards this year
, Beam has opened a new club in the Mahanakhon Cube. The original Beam in Thonglor, famous for its electronic music and roaring kinetic dance floor, is no stranger to Bangkok's party scene. The new Beam Cube (stylized as BEAMCUBE) location offers a unique nightlife experience for audiophiles. Instead of a rowdy dance floor, the new location has a music room with electronic rhythms created by Brent Burns (Transport) and Sebastian De La Cruz (Mumsfilibaba). The club also has a swanky craft cocktail bar run by beverage manager Sebastian Neff (formerly of Nana's Teens of Thailand
6F, Mahanakhon cube, 96 Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra Rd., 02-677-8721, Open Tue-Sun 5pm-late.
Bangkok has a beach club? This is a first. Seven Days a Week, a "co-drinking" beach club beside the Chao Phraya River, debuted in early November, and will be open until the end of March 2024. The outdoor facility is the vision of a group of young entrepreneurs who wanted to create a one-of-a-kind open-air venue with a seaside ambiance packed with activities and entertainment from live bands and DJs. The space itself is huge, with comfortable sofas and lounge seats covered by enormous beach umbrellas. For food, there is Isaan hotpot from Horn Pao Restaurant and izakaya from Hama Restaurant. Look for fresh fruit juice from Codesom, creative cocktails from Oh! Vacoda, and artisan beers from Bottle Rocket.
888 Rama III Rd., 064-554-6541, Open daily 5pm-1am.
Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble. The newest theme bar in Chinatown is Hex Cocktail Bar, cocktails with a witchy potion vibe. With what appears to be a magic store, the menu is a book of potions, including plants from around the globe. There are creative concoctions such as the Speed Potion, a rum-based beverage flavored with ginger, pandan, and bergamot topped with kaffir lime. Hexing Potion is another experimental drink that has a base of rye whisky infused with large water bugs and a number of other herbs, such as Sichuan pepper and rosemary. This drink's primary ingredient is bugs cooked with herbs and spices.
412 Vanich, 1 Rd., 096-324-6541, Open daily 6pm-1am